Reclaimed Life

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Devotional

Psalm 51:12 ESV 

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. 

Has your supply of joy been low due to your current circumstance? 

As believers in Christ, we all will face difficulties. For some, it may be losing a loved one that you hold dear, facing closed door, after closed door, being told no when you expected a yes, the loss of a job, a rebelling child, or failing business. All these things can make us question where joy fits in the midst of these trials, making it difficult to navigate the path of recovering from the challenges we face.

Yet, we are instructed to count it all joy when we are faced with trials of various kind (James 1:2). In doing so we allow joy to strengthen our faith and produce in us patience, that in the end leaves us lacking nothing. Even when it is hard, there is still a joy that is to accompany you in your salvation. I recall when my husband and I faced our third miscarriage, along with other trials on top of that we found it hard to count it all joy. Surely this wasn’t to be included in the all that James 1:2 was talking about. Yet, we experienced a peace that surpassed all understanding, a joy that was unspeakable and gave us the strength to endure. 

The Lord’s joy is our strength and He enables us to be strengthen in our weaknesses. So, my dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy (James 1:2 NLT). As hard as this may seem, note that joy is rightfully yours and God promises to restore the joy of your salvation and uphold you with a willing spirit. 

Action Steps: Consider how the trials you face can bring joy into your life. Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore, in their land, they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy Isaiah 61:7. 

Prayers Father God, please help me to see your joy in trials. Remind me that all things work together for my good even when I can’t see it clearly. 

Thank you for all you do in Jesus name Amen